Hi! Thanks for checking out my website. My name is Randi and I have been a mom for 9 years and a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) for 20 years. As an SLP, I have worked with children with a variety of needs, but children with learning disabilities (or learning differences as I like to call them) hold a special place in my heart.
It was my sons’ learning differences that led me to start homeschooling them in 2014. Big Fish had recently been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and was beginning first grade. Little Fish had been a preemie and had struggled with a visual processing disorder since birth and was doing an extra year of preschool before beginning kindergarten. I hoped I could take what I had learned professionally and apply it at home to give them the individualized learning experiences they needed.
I started by making a list of guiding principles to help us structure the environment and our school day. Then chose, adapted and created curriculum to support their individual learning needs. The experience has been one of trial and error, but here we are in year three humming along. They both have grown so much in their skills and their knowledge. And, I have learned so much about their learning styles and how to support their individual learning needs. They continue to teach me on a regular basis what they need to learn to their full potential.
This website is born out of the desire to share with others the strategies I have learned over the last few years as well as the materials I create to use in our classroom. This mirrors my career as an SLP, where I enjoyed learning new things and sharing them with others. A lot of what I learned came from the students I have worked with and their parents and teachers. Now my sons teach me a lot of what I learn! Hence the “Lessons” in Peanut Butter Fish Lessons. And Big Fish is responsible for the “Peanut Butter Fish”. When he was about two, we took the boys to an aquarium and after viewing the jellyfish, he wanted to know in all seriousness “where were the peanut butter fish?”. When I decided to create this website I realized that “peanut butter fish” could be used to describe children who don’t fit the standard mold, but yet make perfect sense in their own way.
I hope you find something here to help you in your desire to support the peanut butter fish in your life. I would love to hear from you and look forward to growing and sharing this site with you.